But Canada and the United Kingdom are the only two G7 countries which bought doses from COVAX as well as donated money to buy doses for lower income nations.
The remaining 6 million in the initial distribution of 25 million will be directed by the White House to USA allies and partners, including Mexico, Canada, South Korea, West Bank and Gaza, India, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers.
Wealthy countries need to give more COVID-19 vaccines and follow the United States in making doses available immediately to cover a 200 million dose gap caused by Indian supply disruptions and manufacturing delays, a World Health Organization senior adviser said on Friday. The administration says 25 per cent will be kept in reserve for emergencies and for the U.S.to share directly with allies and partners.
In a statement issued by his office, President Biden said Six million doses would go to Latin America and the Caribbean, seven million to South and Southeast Asia, and five million to Africa. Just like in the United States, we will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by USA and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across global borders.
Biden pledged in April to send 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses overseas and doubled down the following month by announcing plans to share at least an additional 20 million USA -authorized shots. He added, though, that "These are doses that are being given, donated free and clear to these countries, for the sole goal of improving the public health situation and helping end the pandemic".
Approximately 6 million will be targeted toward regional priorities and partner recipients, including Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers. That vaccine has yet to be authorized for use in the USA but is widely approved around the world.
"It's vaccines, not money at this point in the pandemic that are required globally", said Murthy.
In an apparent swipe at China on Thursday, Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, emphasized that "the United States is not asking anything of any country to whom we're giving doses".
The president has also promised to share 20 million doses from existing production of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks. The U.S. also has announced plans to share enough shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members on the peninsula.
This is the first tranche out of a total of 80 million vaccines announced earlier by the United States. That shot has not been authorized for US use and is still under review by the Food and Drug Administration.
"The initial tranche of at least 25 million doses, the Philippines will be included".
Mexico's President Lopez Obrador said via Twitter that VP Harris had informed him of the White House decision to send one million shots of the J & J vaccine. He stated "I expressed to her our appreciation in the name of the people of Mexico", in his Tweet.
Guatemalan President Giammettei stated that Harris had told him that the United States would be sending a total of 500,000 doses of the precious vaccines.
As part of its purchase agreements with the pharmaceutical companies, the federal government controlled the distribution of the vaccines. The country is expected to soon grant approval to Pfizer and Moderna as it aims to bolster its dwindling vaccination drive.